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Robert Behrens

 (1939 - 2008)
Robert Behrens was active/lived in California.  Robert Behrens is known for sculpture-abstraction, design.

Robert Behrens

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A sculptor and designer, Behrens was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, on May 12, 1939.  He attended the Kansas City Art Institute earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1965 in industrial design and sculpture, and went on to earn his master's in sculpture from the University of Denver in 1972.  His public art career spanned more than 34 years,  from 1973-2007.

He traveled to many places in the world like Greece, Italy, and the Yucatan, which inspired his work.

In 1986, he moved to Sonoma, where he served as  the principal designer of the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, after having joined the planning group during the early stages of its development.  He found his inspiration on a trip to Washington, D.C., in the Medal of Honor, and upon returning to Sonoma, he began to design the park with the medal in mind.  At its heart is the five-point star fountain, while the walkways that radiate out from it recall the ribbon on which the medal rests.

Robert Karl Behrens died at his home in Sonoma on February 16, 2008 at the age of 68.

Obituary, Sonoma News, February 18, 2008
Death notice courtesy of  Janice Woo, California College of the Arts

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About  Robert Behrens

Born:  1939 - Teaneck, New York
Died:   2008 - Sonoma, California
Known for:  sculpture-abstraction, design